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What are false flag attacks and can Russia make one work in the info age?

Even as the Biden administration attempts to blunt Russia's ability to seize the initiative, it too faces credibility challenges.

Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine Crisis
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In the past few weeks, U.S. officials have warned several times that Russia plans to create the appearance of an attack on its own forces and broadcast those images to the world. Such a “false flag” operation, they alleged, would give Russia the pretext to invade Ukraine by provoking shock and outrage.
By exposing this plan, the Biden administration sought to undermine its emotional power and stop the Kremlin from manufacturing a casus belli, or justification for war.
But false flag attacks aren’t what they used to be. With

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First Published: Feb 20 2022 | 11:18 AM IST

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